babyliss big hair omfg!

(100 Posts)
EntWife Wed 25-Dec-13 12:43:38

I bought one for myself as a bit of a secret xmas present to me. Didn't need it (I thought) but just fancied something just for me.

I used it this morning for the first time. it is absolutely amazing!
I have very wavy, very thick, very strong & sometimes very frizzy shoulder length hair cut into layers. It has turned my frankly fugly bed head mop into a lovely smooth, neat and flicky do. It looks fab and it took all of about 3 minutes and I didn't even really know what I was doing.

Wish I had of bought one ages ago!

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 25-Dec-13 21:23:42

I got mine ths morning....I'm so happy, not had a chance to use it properly but my hair is bsl and thick, but v fine at front.....I'm so excited! The little bit I did made me so groomed!

80sdrummer Wed 25-Dec-13 21:25:05

Ooooh, we could really do with some pics please.

Nerfmother Wed 25-Dec-13 21:32:55

What is it? Dryer? Straightener? Difficult?

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 25-Dec-13 21:38:56

Rotating brush hair dryer....easy to use, big bounce!

Coconutty Wed 25-Dec-13 21:39:19

I honestly think mine changed my life. I have always had rubbish hair but since I got one of these I am constantly being told how lovely my hair is.

nearlyreadytopop Wed 25-Dec-13 21:41:40

Just how easy are they to use? Suitable for someone who has no hair styling ability except running a comb through it?

Piffpaffpoff Wed 25-Dec-13 21:44:17

Oh yes, they are nothing short of miraculous.

SavoyCabbage Wed 25-Dec-13 21:44:17

They couldn't be easier to use. I love mine. I use it on my dds curly hair and it has transformed it,

Piffpaffpoff Wed 25-Dec-13 21:45:52

Dead easy to use too. You just stand there and it does all the work, you just need to move it to a new bit of hair every so often.

JennySense Wed 25-Dec-13 22:04:26

Which one do you have?
I'd like to get one but am a bit confused!

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 25-Dec-13 22:10:49

50mm for long hair, 45mm medium, 42mm short hair or basically bigger more gentle curls the bigger the barrel....I think? I've git long thick hair (bra strap) and have the 50mm

BaaHumbug Wed 25-Dec-13 22:22:59

I bought myself a Big Hair once. I didn't get a chance to try it out for about 3 weeks. When I did take it out to try I found that somebody had cut the prongs off about a third of it. hmm. When the DC are older and less destructive I may buy myself another one.

AttackOfTheKillerMonsterSnowGo Wed 25-Dec-13 23:35:17

D they work if you have longish, hair, not thick, not thin but lots of it??

AttackOfTheKillerMonsterSnowGo Wed 25-Dec-13 23:35:46

A d do they straighten at the same time as drying?

holycowwhatnow Thu 26-Dec-13 00:17:30

I have the thickest, coarsest hair of anyone I know, shoulder length and when not straightened I look like a lego head.

Is this for me? Dare I hope?

MaeveORave Thu 26-Dec-13 00:35:32

Im going to get one i think. I have thick wavy hair and that sounds ok when i type it but it isnt.
Link to the one u got??? So i dont get the wrong one!

Kowalski Thu 26-Dec-13 00:43:15

I think I need one! Judging from your op I have similar hair, usually straightened to within an inch of its life! I am in a vicious hair cycle and can't get out , this sounds like the answer smile

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Thu 26-Dec-13 00:54:23

I got one 2 years ago having read a thread on here titled something along the lines ''OMG If you haven't got a Babyliss Big Hair Get One Immediately You Need One''

I was abroad at the time but ordered one immediately from Amazon (they were on offer at £26) and loads of people on that thread said yes get one you can't live without etc.

I was nervous about being a lemming but oh boy were they right wink

However, I managed to break it within 6 months...sent it back and got a replacement under the 3 year guarantee....then it went again after another year but they replaced it again no bother. I thought maybe it was me but my best friend's BBH also went after about a year.

I couldn't do without it, it IS the best thing since sliced bread.

youaremychocolatecake Thu 26-Dec-13 00:55:37

Best thing ever, haven't picked up my ghds since having one and it gives a lovely big bouncy blow dry and so easy. My mum says hers has saved her hundreds and hundreds in going for blowdrys for nights out at £20 a pop smile

I got one about 18m ago on the recommendation of Mumsnet and I agree it is a total miracle worker. At first I only used it for "special occasions" because it does take slightly longer than my usual method of drying (bend over and blast with hot air til dry).

But when I realised just how much better it made me look, and loads of people would compliment me, I thought fuck it, I owe it to myself to do this ALL the time. So I do. And now I'm much quicker at it (only about an additional 5-10 mins). And I look and feel SO much better for it.


P.S. I have long, thick course hair. The Babyliss makes me look less like Mary off Corrie, and more like Nigella.

Jackthebodiless Thu 26-Dec-13 01:20:03

That's it, you've convinced me. I'm going to go out and buy one tomorrow.

Wow. I'm going to get one, I am completely useless with my hair! Are they expensive?

You won't regret it!

My tip is to dry your hair as normal for a bit, so that it is only slightly damp. In fact, almost dry. Then use the babyliss to finish it. It takes too long to dry it from scratch using the babyliss if your hair is long and thick.

Depends on size...



Thanks for the link! I'm looking forward to it already!

Roshbegosh Thu 26-Dec-13 02:54:55

I have fine shoulder length hair and would not be without mine. It give my hair body and leaves it smooth and shiny.

Robfordscrack Thu 26-Dec-13 04:18:53

Just wanted to ask, do I need this if I already have a straightener? Or does it do a different job?

I am getting one too! I am hoping it will change my life co love my hair but with 3 young DC I hardly ever have time to do anything but tie it back in a dry-shampooed greasy pony tail. Am looking forward to gorgeous no hassle hair!

KosherBacon Thu 26-Dec-13 06:21:40

I didn't get on with mine. The bristles slid over my hair rather than getting any "traction". I need a stiffer bristle. I do wonder if the new bbh has better bristles.

SMorgauseBordOfChristmasTat Thu 26-Dec-13 06:45:00

They are miracle workers!

For added traction lightly spray with a gel spray or hairspray.

They are brilliant on dry hair as well.

OhTinky Thu 26-Dec-13 06:57:09

Do they work on very thick curly/wavy hair? Or will the rotating brush just get stuck in my mane and need cutting out?! Want one, but nervous!

SMorgauseBordOfChristmasTat Thu 26-Dec-13 07:08:27

You take a section of hair and put the brush at the end and then press the button and the brush will rotate and draw your hair up to the roots. Let go of the button and unwind the hair. If you do it in smallish sections it should be fine.

OhTinky Thu 26-Dec-13 07:10:21

Excellent thankyou! Time to start sales shopping (online while in bed!)

childwrangler Thu 26-Dec-13 07:18:24

I was just bemoaning my thin, fine, no body hair - is this the answer? Or is it only good for people who have lots of hair?

SMorgauseBordOfChristmasTat Thu 26-Dec-13 07:22:27

My hair is fine but with a lot of wave and can frizz a bit. It gives lots of extra body where you want it at the roots.

Twinkletron Thu 26-Dec-13 07:34:04

I've got long fine limp hair that's basically crap hair!! Is it any good for my hair?

FrameyMcFrame Thu 26-Dec-13 09:38:56

Keep the receipt though. I have been through 3 of these and I'm not buying another. The last one broke on first day of my holiday I was confusedconfusedconfused because I had no other means of styling my hair with me.

I bought one (when they were recently reduced to £28 in Asda) for my super thick wavy/unruly curly bush head hair. Absolute rubbish fir my hair! No comparison to the sleek taming powers of GHD's fir me. Tge only thing that has transformed my hair is the keratin treatment which I used fir the third time (lasts 3 months) so ready fir Christmas and makes my hair fabulous. Even my hair dresser commented on the difference. Has been godsend since dc3 arrival to get out tge door and to school/preschool on time!!

mrselgar Thu 26-Dec-13 10:36:50

I have one and I think they are brilliant. I have fine shoulder length hair, but lots of it. I blow dry my hair with my head upside down, and then use the BBH. It's not a hair dryer. It's meant to be used on dry hair. Sally Hughes has a good video of how to use it. I would link to it but I'm on my phone and can't do links.

It does a different job to a straightener. This is for adding volume, and some big flicky curls.

You have to section off a piece of hair, hold the brush at the ends, use your spare hand to kind of encourage your hair around the brush a bit, and press one of the buttons to start the brush rotating, so that your hair gets drawn up around the brush. Hot air comes out of the brush, so drys and styles it at the same time.

If your hair does get caught/tangled (happens rarely), then you press the other button so it rotates in the opposite direction and quickly releases your hair.

Had mine for over 18m and it's never broken. Can you tell I love it?

moibutbetter Thu 26-Dec-13 15:29:08

mm am I the only one who cant us eit properly then??
my hair is longish very very thick and I always manage to tangle it in sad
DO you use it on nearly dry hair? Thats what i tried, months ago & just gave up sad

Snardvark Thu 26-Dec-13 15:32:14

Doesn't seem to make any difference on me. Have only used it twice and gave up.

FergusSingsTheBlues Thu 26-Dec-13 16:42:12

I bet nobody else was as daft as me....tried to use it with the cover still on and wondered why it was a bit crap....

I've just bought one in the sales as a result of this thread, going to use it now, I have VERY thin wavy hair so am hoping for good results!

Coconutty Thu 26-Dec-13 17:08:00

If the couple of people on here who didn't like it let me do their hair with it I guarantee you'd love it. Mine has been used almost every day since I got it, I dry my hair til it's almost dry and then use this to finish it off.

My Dsis didn't like hers so I showed her how I did mine and now she loves it too. She was using it on the slowest rotation and in sections which were too big and too wet!

sotiredfornow Thu 26-Dec-13 19:41:29

Can anybody help me with the sizing? I can only find 42mm and 50mm for sale. I have medium length hair a little past my shoulders. Which size will be most suitable?

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Thu 26-Dec-13 19:54:49

I'm not overly keen on it, had mine 2 or 3 years and hardly ever use it now. I like my natural curls and it loosens them too much. I feel a bit fake and unnatural with big bouncy hair.

umiaisha Thu 26-Dec-13 21:04:17

I have one and really like it. I have to run the my straightners lightly over my hair after to get rid of the fly ways though.

southeastastra Thu 26-Dec-13 21:06:14

big hair is so last year curl secret is the next big thing. bloody fantastic!

AlaskaNebraska Thu 26-Dec-13 21:06:51

i never use mine
It doesnt smooth
the curl doesnt last

Oh no southeastastra now I need curl secret too! If only I had known about this 2 weeks ago when everyone was asking what I want for my birthday, goddammit. grin

Blimey just seen the price of Curl Secret....

Maybe not then!

SwedishEdith Thu 26-Dec-13 22:33:59

Wasn't overly impressed either - keep thinking I should try again with it. Didn't grip the hair so had to use 2 hands, which sort of defeated the object for me. Got a Parlux hairdryer for xmas - am excited about that now. Have a houseful of failed gadgets and miracle products.

darksparrow Thu 26-Dec-13 23:00:12

KEEP YOUR RECEIPT! They have a 3 yr guarantee and I'm on my 3rd- no warning they just go poof and stop working. That said, would not be without mine - I just rough dry with hairdryer then run bbh over it. For better body and when I have time I use it from wet.

sotiredfornow Fri 27-Dec-13 08:27:40

I'm about to buy the 42mm and have medium length hair just past my shoulder. Could anyone reassure me this is the correct size? Or is this only for bob length??

MrsCampbellBlack Fri 27-Dec-13 08:32:30

I have used mine very rarely - just doesn't do it for me. I have shoulder length fine hair and find using my new collexia hairdrier gets much better results.

HazleNutt Fri 27-Dec-13 09:19:06

If you try to use it as a curler (grip the hair and roll it around the brush) then it's likely you don't get what the fuss is about. You're supposed to use the brush to brush the hair, not to grip. like here:

AlaskaNebraska Fri 27-Dec-13 09:29:58

Lol at her and toosulled

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Fri 27-Dec-13 09:33:47

That is how I use it but my hair is nothing like hers and the very smooth sleek look doesn't really suit me. Not sure why I bought it to be honest. It is quite good for sorting out my unruly long fringe.

Have just used it for the first time after my shower. OMFG my hair has never looked better! Now to go out shopping & to see if it lasts...

CalamityKate Fri 27-Dec-13 12:56:40

I love mine and would get another if it broke.

The only complaint I've got is that the bristles seem to splay and go "fuzzy" really quickly and therefore don't grip the hair so well.

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Fri 27-Dec-13 13:01:19

Anyone seen one in the sales?

I need the biggest one.

BananaNotPeelingWell Fri 27-Dec-13 13:20:03

I'm never sure if I need one of these or notconfused. I'm not bad at blow drying my hair. Do they make a huge difference or are they really for those that never really got to grips with a brush and hairdryer in the first place? I suppose the only way I'll ever know is to try one. My hair is straight and fine. A base of neck length bob, so I'm not struggling with a luscious super thick mane of wavy hair <unfortunatelyenvy>

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Fri 27-Dec-13 13:28:16
WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Fri 27-Dec-13 13:34:51

I've had another go this morning as thinking about it made me want to see how I got on again. My hair is long wavy/curly layers (below the shoulder) but straight on top, waves are from ear level downwards My main complaint about my hair is that the top layer gets very fluffy and my long fringe develops random kink overnight. Before I have done the whole head with the BBH, which makes it too straight (I like my curls), today I only did the fringe and top layer and it does look lovely all smooth on top of the curly lower layers. It was a bit easier than doing it with a dryer and brush, but I'm not sure if I'd buy another if it packed up.

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Fri 27-Dec-13 14:52:01

I have really long (almost bum length) thick wavy/frizzy hair so I think I would need the 50mm.

I'm scared my hair is too long and it will get tangled. I need to try one before I buy I think.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 27-Dec-13 14:59:31

Best £40 odd I've ever spent. Absolutely love mine and, although it took me a few goes to suss it out one of my DDs showed me I wouldn't be without it now.

lucjam Fri 27-Dec-13 15:37:51

You wil NOT regret a purchase I promise. I got one 2 years ago, took my ok but a bit frizzy hair and made it glossy and bouncy and gorgeous. I get a lot of compliments about my hair these days. I only get it cut about 4 times a year.

BananaNotPeelingWell Fri 27-Dec-13 15:41:28

Are you supposed to dry your hair from completely wet with it? Or just finish off nearly dry hair at the end with the BBH?

ginmakesitallok Fri 27-Dec-13 15:46:30

I got one in boots today for £35 (extra 10% off cause I bought dp a beard trimmer thing too). Just tried it out and don't think I'll ever use my hairdryer again. I've got thick curly hair, which I can't blow dry, I just can't do the twisty brush thing! But the bbh is fabulous, just need to practice doing the back.

lucjam Fri 27-Dec-13 15:55:04

banana dry your hair till almost dry with hair dryer then use bbh. just using bbh takes agesand you don't get as good results my shoulder length hair (not thick but enough of it) takes about 5 mins to dry and style.

BananaNotPeelingWell Fri 27-Dec-13 16:02:00

Many thanks!smile Am tempted now..

LilyRose88 Fri 27-Dec-13 16:29:01

It took me a while to realise that you need to use the BBH on hair that is almost dry, but once I started using it properly I wouldn't be without it. I never use my GHDs anymore and I have just bought another BBH with a smaller barrel, so that I can do some different styles. My hair is really thick and slightly wavy, and is just past my shoulders. The only downside is that I sometimes tangle my hair in it as I am a bit clumsy, but I have worked out how to untangle it without too much trouble - just reverse the spin.

LulaPalooza Fri 27-Dec-13 18:58:34

OMFG indeed... I bought mine from a lovely MNer and loved them but got out of the habit of using them. Just got them out again, inspired by this thread, and now have lovely swishy swooshy hair. I love mine. Takes a bi of practice but totally worth it (pun intended)

Nerfmother Fri 27-Dec-13 20:12:10

Okay totally blame the mums better who posted about Asda and the sherry as I've just ordered one and I don't even need one! grin

LamaDrama Fri 27-Dec-13 20:19:41

Got mine in Asda £28, love it!

EntWife Fri 27-Dec-13 20:20:49

oooh, i have never had a thread take off before. Sorry to have abandoned it.

mine is a 42mm one and i have used it every day since my xmas day revelation. i tried using it to dry my hair but it was too fiddly and took too long. better to blast it with the hair dryer and then finish with the BBH. when my hair is dry though it literally takes all of 3 minutes to have lovely hair. I have 3 children under 4, one of which is 4 months old. 3 minutes is about all i have. It is so nice to look "put together" instead of "dragged through a hedge backward". i cant do anything about the bags under my eyes or the jelly belly but the hair is sorted!

wokeupwithasmile Fri 27-Dec-13 20:37:47

"dragged through a hedge backward" grin

randomAXEofkindness Fri 27-Dec-13 20:39:35

Nerf, you git! I bet you got the last one, I've just been on and they've sold out envy

holycowwhatnow Fri 27-Dec-13 20:44:43

Going to get one tomorrow. I'm totally inspired. I tried my SIL's one today because I wasn't sure if they would cope with my very very thick hair but 3 mins on my dry hair made it look better. Can't wait to try it out properly tomorrow.

It's so annoying that in Boots here in Ireland, they're €60 for what is £40 in the UK. I'm so sick of their £1=€1.50 exchange rate on everything. I'll buy it elsewhere on principle.

BananaNotPeelingWell Fri 27-Dec-13 22:13:07

Just wondering which size to get. (Chin length bob, fine hair.) There doesnt seem much difference in the sizesconfused

LamaDrama Fri 27-Dec-13 22:31:45

Ive got the smaller one.

Fine, shoulder length hair with a few layers.

Nerfmother Fri 27-Dec-13 22:31:59

Sorry random.
I have consumed a vast amount of sherry and Pinot though, so I may just think ice ordered it. It's prob a giant inflatable Santa.

BananaNotPeelingWell Fri 27-Dec-13 22:40:35

Thanks Llamasmile, I thought that size would be ok. Just measured the brush I usually use and its the same size as the smaller BBH.

LamaDrama Fri 27-Dec-13 22:50:29

I now look like this grin

TheArticFunky Sat 28-Dec-13 13:29:48

I don't know what I'm doing wrong but my hair is just the same. I'm rubbish at doing hair sad

BananaNotPeelingWell Mon 30-Dec-13 18:06:00

Just out of interest, did anyone who ordered from the £28 styler on offer from Asda actually get it? I ordered one, had my order confirmed and received a reminder email to collect it. When I went to pick it up after the better part of an hour shuffling between customer service desks and people looking confused it transpired my order had been cancelledhmm. I phoned the customer service dept when I got home who said the payment hadn't gone through and they'd cancelled it (never mentioned any of this to me) despite having sent me the emails confirming the order. There was absolutely more than enough funds in my account to make the payment, I've used my card since with no problem and the bank haven't said any attempt was made to collect a payment from Asda. Now it's back to the full price and I've missed the offer. I'm really annoyed with them and have emailed to complain but have had no reply.

Roshbegosh Mon 30-Dec-13 18:36:30

That's the kind of thing said about Asda all the time on MN. I would be upset about that.

Nerfmother Mon 30-Dec-13 18:47:26

Well I will let you know tomorrow! I just went to my Asda orders to add something and then realised the price had changed to 44 from 28 so stopped amending and left it. Meant to be delivered pm tues.

BananaNotPeelingWell Mon 30-Dec-13 18:51:02

Yes you're right Rosh I suppose I shouldnt be too surprised. When I rang them up they were even cheeky enough to ask if I'd like to re-order again anyway at the full price. I said that was terribly nice of them to offer hmm but I could buy it anywhere for that price. And probably would.

BananaNotPeelingWell Mon 30-Dec-13 18:54:25

I hope you get yours Nerf at the right price.

Nerfmother Mon 30-Dec-13 19:05:14

So do I! Asda seem to be the bad guys on mumsnet - I've already had a thread about payments!

shesaidgleeba Mon 30-Dec-13 19:09:23

do you think a different brand would do the same job? i'm feeling the pinch a bit after christmas and the tresemme one is £19 with free delivery on amazon

Alwayscheerful Mon 30-Dec-13 19:09:53

Anyone tried the similar one by John Frieda?

MikeChristmasTreeIsLit Mon 30-Dec-13 20:11:43

she said does the tresemme one turn?

shesaidgleeba Mon 30-Dec-13 20:33:53

Mike, thank you for asking as it made me check and it says 'non-rotating hmm. I would've been really disappointed, thank you. So now to decide whether I can justify more money on me so soon after Christmas!

Nerfmother Tue 31-Dec-13 17:28:55

No, delivered and charged 44.96!
Am tempted to start a thread about how crap Asda are. shock

DipMeInChocolate Tue 31-Dec-13 18:46:02

Mine died yesterday sad. Its only 9m old. It'll be going back to Tesco on Thursday for replacement.

handcream Tue 31-Dec-13 18:47:35

I have to say - sorry, I dont rate it. I have fine slippery hair and it didnt do anything for me at all.

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